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St Pierre Cathedral, Geneva

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Architectural Building Religious Site
For panoramic views over the city and its lake, climb the northern tower of St Pierre Cathedral. Known mostly as the adopted home church of John Calvin (one of the leaders of the Protestant Reformation), the cathedral dates back to the 12th century, its architecture an eclectic mix of styles. The archaeological site beneath the cathedral, excavated over the last few years, reveals the city's rich history and explores the origins of Christianity in this part of Europe. Take the underground passage connecting the cathedral to the adjacent museum, dedicated to presenting the historical significance of the Reformation. Audio guides are available in English, German, and French. If you'd prefer a guided tour, check the website, where you'll also find information about upcoming live organ performances. To visit St Pierre Cathedral on your trip to Geneva, use our Geneva itinerary planner.
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  • Not the most beautiful carhedral I've visited, but worth visiting. The entrance is free however you need to buy a ticket of €5 to go to the towers. You get a stunning view of the lake and Jet d'eau, a...  more »
  • If in Geneva NOT for business and have time, see the old city of Geneva. It is really quite interesting and beautiful. And if there, VISIT this impressive archaeological site. You see the history of G...  more »
  • Located in the old city. The view from the spire is panoramic on a clear day. It is worth the climb.  more »
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  • Don't bother coming if you have a baby or handicap. The access is non existent. Go enjoy another city. If you make it here you'll realize what a waste it is. Switzerland has much more to offer. This country is beautiful, but Geneva is really lacking!
  • Beautiful View. Must climb up to see the bells make sure you go at the right time although loud very beautiful. The view from the top of the cathedral is incredible and great for photography. Would not suggest for older people because the stairs are not necessarily safe and very steep.
  • Beautiful views! With the Genève card it is free! Highly recommend
  • Magnificient panoramic view of city and lake from bell tower. A must see. Only chf 5 admission fee for adult.
  • Except the interesting interior of the temple, it worth going upstairs on the roof. The view of Geneva is perfect. Do not miss it.

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Where to stay in Geneva

In the elegant city of Geneva, a little shuteye doesn't come cheap. A number of relatively expensive hotels surround the lakefront, a prime location for visitors here; note that these tend to fill up for conferences and trade shows, so plan accordingly. More budget-minded travelers can look into options closer to the airport, which is a quick 15-minute ride on public transport into the city. While there a very few family-owned guesthouses and hotels, there are a handful of hostels--though these too are priced pretty steep. You can also find more affordable options in the outlying cities of Annemasse and Gaillard.
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